Engraving with very large margins. 305 x 430mm (12 x 17"). Spotted.
A view of the Temple of Solomon, drawn after Vilalpando, with Jerusalem in the background, with a descrition in German & French. It was published in Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach's 'Entwürst Einer Historischen Architectur', a study of the architecture of the ancient world. Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723) was a successful Austrian architect: his baroque works include the Schönbrunn Palace, Karlskirche, and the Austrian National Library in Vienna. He also studied ancient architecture, publishing 'A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture' in 1721, taking on classical influences. He specifically lists the Temple of Solomon as one of his inspirations for the Karlskirche.
[Ref: 33732] £450.00